FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes 3@1 different from other printing franchises in South Africa?

Our South African born and bred concept is ever evolving and our franchisees offer not only tangible services, but guide our customers, give direction, offer problem-solving and support. We are a family run operation that operates on the ground and are in touch our franchisees. We are approachable at any time to aid wherever needed.

3@1 is the only franchise concept in the retail communication business that offers such a broad and variable solution to our customers nationally.

Other differentiators include:

  • Our team offer a full turnkey setup solution to you in that we manage your 3@1 store opening project from beginning to the day you are comfortable in serving your community with confidence and ease.
  • Consultative, Personalized Service: all 3@1 Franchises are owner-operated, allowing for higher level of service delivery and direct access for customers.
  • Freedom of Choice for Customers: 3@1’s can serve customers with any business related service across the board.
  • Professional, User-Friendly Environment: 3@1 store design, signage, and merchandising sets us apart by creating a bright, professional, and user-friendly store that is efficiently designed to deliver great service experience.

What are the minimum qualifications to become a 3@1 franchisee?

Outgoing personalities who feel a sense of fulfilment from serving and supporting business owners and consumers alike. Some business and management experience is an advantage. Most of all an applicant must have a enjoy building relationships with customers.

If a prospective franchisee meets these qualifications and a good credit rating, 3@1 can also offer assistance to secure financing.

How much does a franchise cost?

In a site measuring 70-90sqm in the region of R595 000. This amount excludes your landlords deposit and your working capital. This depends on your rental, credit rating and quality of trade.

How much are royalties and advertising contributions?

R2500 plus VAT or 3% whichever is the greater in Royalties. Advertising Vetting fee of R350 plus VAT applies monthly. No advertising fee is applicable. You advertise in your area to your customers. We offer a wide variety of ever changing advertising material and tools and direct you to growth as you move forward.

What about location? Do I have to find the location on my own?

3@1 works with the franchise prospect to source, evaluate and secure a suitable site for their franchise. This may take between 3 weeks to 3 months.

How big is the typical 3@1 center?

70-90sqm

How flexible is 3@1 with respect to operation of the business and the services and products offered?

Our existing franchisees offer Business Cards, broad format Printing, Brochures, Auto CAD Printing, Letterheads, Web Hosting, Flyers, Canvas Prints, Invitations, Pull-up Banners, Board Signs, Posters, Book Binding, Stickers, Interactive Business Cards, Presentation folders, Digital Prints, CD/DVD Printing on Disc Face, Lay-Flat Albums, Car Magnets, Vehicle Wrapping , PVC Banners and Backdrops, X-Frame Banners, Plan Copying, Signs, Training Manuals, Rubber Stamps, , Mini Banners, Perfect Binding, Order Books/ Invoice Books/ Quotation Books, Wire Binding, Textbooks, A-Frames, Contravision, Wall paper, Branded Business Writing Pads, CD/DVD Duplication, Lamination, Enlargements, CD/DVD Replication, Compliment Slips , Name Badges, Plastic Binding, Menus, Flags, Seating Plans, Building Wraps, Manipulation and Adjustment, Light boxes, Annual Reports, Direct Mail, Place Cards, Programmes, Email, Newsletters, Floor Graphics, plan printing.

Will I need employees? If so, how many?

Yourself and two to start with and more as you grow your business. These will be trained with you at the time of your store opening.

What are the hours of operation?

This depends on the centre hours that you are located in. Generally 5,5 days a week. Larger shopping centres could trade 7 days a week with extended hours.

How long does it take to open my 3@1 Franchise?

Once a lease agreement and franchise agreement is signed, it usually takes approximately 60 to 90 days to date of trade. This depends largely on sourcing and securing a site. In the case of a newly constructed shopping centre, the timeframe could be longer.

How can I get a copy of 3@1 Franchise Disclosure Document?

Once we have a completed application form and your CV we can begin franchise evaluation process we will be in touch to set a contact interview and offer you a draft copy of our franchise agreement as well as a copy of our 3@1 disclosure document. If you like what you’ve seen so far and would like learn more, complete our request for franchise information form and we will be in touch with you shortly. If you would like to speak with a representative now, please contact Belinda Dunn direct on 082 856 4654. We are looking forward to hearing from you and getting started in your exploration of the 3@1 Franchise opportunity.